August 27, 2014

P is For Pride: Making Colorful Strides in Fashion

This post originally appeared on ModelinaMichelle

If ever there were a time to get decked out in one of Kitty Andrews’ colorful head pieces, it would be while wearing one of Magdalena Trevers hand woven swimsuits parading down market street during  The San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. The last float wasn’t just blaring music filled with dancing half naked men in sparkly  spandex shorts (though that was going on too) it was also lined with some of  the most style savvy folks in the SF Fashion scene. Dancing in the streets were designers Kitty Andrews, Magdalena TreverTosca Soraya, Danielle Pettee, Shannon Dietz along with local fashionista and blogger,   Michele Gates, and of course, yours truly. From the colorful photos you’ll also notice the smart and lovely  organizers  behind the up-coming SF Chic Week, Megan Heinan and Janice Ongjoco Bailon clad in local SF flare. A slight shortage in bathing suits didn’t faze these gals, who headed over to Jeremy’s on second to buy an impromptu outfit to compliment one of Kitty’s cute and quirky head- pieces. Celebrating fashion and our invaluable right to choose doesn’t just lend us the right to kiss whom ever we’d like, but a choice to wear whatever makes us feel fabulous, especially if it’s made in San Francisco.

Top photo courtesy of Chris Brennan. Check out more of Brennan’s work on unaesthetic.net. Additional images courtesy of Michelle Ruiz.

  • Mike Creufk

    With so much poverty in the US, and people losing their homes/jobs, do you really think anyone gives a rat fuck about this? Wake up you morons, and get a decent job instead.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/lorrainesanders lorrainesanders

      We do think people give a fuck about this. But if you don't, then you don't have to read the blog. Just sayin'….

    • Gail Shrive

      Of course people gives a fuck! Specially in San Francisco where you find a lot of fabulous local designers. This people have decent jobs first of all. They're out to celebrate and support PRIDE WEEK and just want to have a fabulous time. Instead of HATING, why don't you pour your energy somewhere else. And since you're talking about so much poverty in the US, why don't you volunteer and do some work with some purpose and leave this happy people alone!

  • Patricia Sorel

    Those girls look nothing like models, who gives a shit? What's happening with all of the fashionistas lately?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/lorrainesanders lorrainesanders

      We'd rather see real people rather than fake looking models any day. We applaud these gals for getting out there in the streets and supporting San Francisco Pride!

    • Gail Shrive

      You said "who gives a shit", then why are you making a big deal of what this ladies look like. Just cuz' they look waaaaaay better than you, you're trippin'…… just sayin'…..

  • Cora P. Lemip

    Hi I am Cora, a self-declared lesbian, independent woman of SF. I loved the article and the pics, super hot gals! where can I meet them in person? I am a fashion-holic and shop-aholic, and just crazy like that !! super-duper, love, Cora

  • http://www.modelinamichelle.com Michelle Ruiz

    I just read an article in the New York Times this morning about how the economy is hurting the gay community by cutting government aid for HIV drugs. I will gladly direct you there so that you can be depressed all day http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/us/01aidsdrugs….. We however would rather celebrate real women in real bathing suits getting out there and showing the world that it is not only ok to be Gay, but a size 6 as well. Mike and Patricia, I thank you so much for your feedback. Next time I write an article, I will include your pictures. Send them my way.

  • nikkibazzani

    P is for Pride and that is clearly what these girls have!

    rock on :)

  • Kathleen

    Did Mike and Pat wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Why not attack people in Hollywood or something? These girls are just having a good time celebrating San Francisco Pride. Makes me wonder… If Mike is so busy wondering about poverty, where ever did he find the time to read and then comment on the article? Hmmmm, I'm just sayin' And Patricia, please submit your photo and a inventory of your closet and shoes. We will need this information in order to judge where you get off saying anything about the quality of the models. You must be very beautiful and well dressed.

  • Lorraine Woodcheke

    Great post & photos, especially the first with all the ladies lined up in their swimsuits… too cute! I love that you showed your support for SF PRIDE – and looked great doing it!

  • JEM

    With so much poverty in the US, and people losing their homes/jobs, do you really think anyone gives a rat fuck about this? Wake up you morons, and get a decent job instead.

    AMEN! Since so many people are losing their jobs, you should probably get a decent job, Michelle. We need more people competing for the approximately 10 full-time jobs currently available in the US. That totally makes sense. What a valid critique. Since SF Indie Fashion is where I come for my news about the economic recovery, I'd like to see them stop running fluff pieces about, you know, indie fashion.

    Moreover, it is obvious that you can't participate in a parade on a Sunday if you have a job during the week.

    Also, it's really important to remember that pride is only for models pretending to be gay, not for gay people. Otherwise, you know, there would be a dike march at Dolores Park and a bunch of drag queens parading through the streets of San Francisco. Oh, wait.

    • http://www.modelinamichelle.com Michelle Ruiz

      I do have a full time job, I take care of children with disabilities. In my free time, I am a writer, and like to wear local fashion. What about you?

    • Gail Shrive

      It's sfindieFASHION.com, of course there's always gonna write ups about FASHION. Stop hating geez! Find somethin' else to read instead of whinin' and bitchin'!

  • JEM

    With so much poverty in the US, and people losing their homes/jobs, do you really think anyone gives a rat fuck about this? Wake up you morons, and get a decent job instead.

    AMEN! Since so many people are losing their jobs, you should probably get a decent job, Michelle. We need more people competing for the approximately 10 full-time jobs currently available in the US. That totally makes sense. What a valid critique. Since SF Indie Fashion is where I come for my news about the economic recovery, I'd like to see them stop running fluff pieces about, you know, indie fashion.

    Moreover, it is obvious that you can't participate in a parade on a Sunday if you have a job during the week.

    Also, it's really important to remember that pride is only for models pretending to be gay, not for gay people. Otherwise, you know, there would be a dike march at Dolores Park and a bunch of drag queens parading through the streets of San Francisco. Oh, wait.

  • http://leilaradan.com Leila Radan

    Wow on the insane comments! I for one LOVE these women. I have modeled with some, modeled for others and a few I have yet to meet and the beauty inherent in this picture is that they come in all shapes and sizes and skin tones and are loud and proud as to who they are and that makes me teary eyed because they truly are a sight for sore eyes! There is no shame, only beauty… so for you naysayers, what are you reading a fashion publication to begin with? BE GONE!

    Lorraine, I love your comments of supports and as for you Lady Michelle, GO SISTAH!

  • Gloria

    Who purposely seeks out blog posts they don't care about and then proceed to criticize it? How about writing something helpful to the "morons", or why not be out there solving the more important issues instead of surfing the web and wasting the precious moments that should be contributed to saving the world? I know I do my part and balance that out with fun bits that I enjoy. Or maybe…*gasp* this IS something you enjoy…berating people and somehow rationalize this will make a difference in the world? Hmm- Nah. Battling my own bitter core every day, here's something that I like to tell myself: "Get over yourself-try do good, be a positive resource rather than a negative one". And if still unable, that's ok. Take that seething energy and direct it towards the government. They seem to respond best to this sort of behavior, commentary and heck, an issue or two might be solved. HOPE THIS HELPS.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/lorrainesanders lorrainesanders

    Thanks to everyone for commenting and sharing their thoughts. : )

  • Haley

    Looks like a fun day!

    You girls look adorable; ignore the bullies: http://bionicbrian.com/word/stuff/haters_gonna_ha… (<–I love that!)

  • Panosha Taylor

    Hello, I am Panosha! (don't ask, my parents were hippies LOL). As a self-declared lesbian, I recently discovered my own sexuality by sleeping with my roommate Heather. What a night! I still think that Mike and Jem have a point. We liberal people should be busier helping those in need and creating a culture of saving and frugality, now that we are in the beginning of the largest economic depression in history! Instead of spending thousands in lavish pride parades and fashion, why don't we just we that money to invest and create jobs, instead of waisting it in drag-queen outfits and swimsuits about which, quite frankly, the world doesn't even care.

    I live in SF and a lot of my unemployed relatives, neighbors and friends just shook their heads in disappointment seeing how the so-called liberals are out there being "fabulous", "fashionistas" and self-centered instead of doing anything productive. This type of displays and selfishness are completely out of place in this economy. Don't be surprised if your fashionista industry doesn't exist anymore in 2 years, as the people will have no choice but to focus in the most urgent matters (food, shelter, health, jobs).

    "You are either part of the problem, part of the solution or part of the landscape". Guess where all of this lavishness falls into!

  • Juno McIntyre

    I am a liberal (from the mid-west), but if I find troubling that we liberal people, who are supposed to be the most concerned about poverty, human rights and the less-fortunate who are in deep trouble because of this shitty economy, waste precious time/money/resources organizing flamboyant parades just because we love "having fun and being fabulous". Seriously, I know you love that type of thing but hey, wake up and look at the other side of the coin. The country is falling apart. The liberals and people of the world need you desperately now!

    You liberals from SF should really wake up and connect yourselves with reality, this is the moment when we the people need you the most, and there you are instead, having fun in your own little world while the whole country is sinking deep into a recession. Do a favor to yourselves and think about this sometime. I am sad.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/lorrainesanders lorrainesanders

      i hear what you're saying juno, but i don't think parades/celebration and being serious about trying to make a difference in the world are mutually exclusive things. there's room for both in a person's life. and in fact, i think celebration and group displays of solidarity around subjects such as pride make a huge difference in society as a whole…

  • Vika Shoppa

    I agree with Haley, you girls are super cute! I love it! I am a proud bi-gal from the Haight and I love it when we go out to the streets and show some skin, guys totally love it! I participated in the parade as well, I love to show some boobs and buttie to the people and be proud! And if those neo-conservatives family-oriented stuck-up right-wingers don´t like us, well…screw them! it´s not like any of us looks like Miss Universe or anything close, but still kinda cute! We can be chubby and average like all the gals from the pics, and still proud of it.

    I am just worried about the people making negative comments; I feel that by us being frivolous and over-flamboyant we are giving them tons of excuses to criticize us! I mean, they def. have a point, but who cares! let's be free and fabulous, exercising our freedom of expression without caring about others, and I love to be like that! girl-power! down with conservatives and whomever doesn´t agree with us! liberal/gay power rise!

  • Chandra

    Wow! So much…animosity on a site whose domain explicitly states what this blog is about: San Francisco Indie Fashion. Yes, we all know that there is poverty in the world, but this blog is not the place to express the utter worldwide obvious.

    I love San Francisco. I love great independent designers. I love real women. I am a fan of this blog. Keep up the great work.